The Prairie Wind Winter Program is this week! It is scheduled for next Friday, December 14th- please note that band students will perform at the 9:30 am program only! Students were given an outline of the winter program so they can know what to focus their practice on in the weeks leading up to the performance- click here to download a copy of this outline. Winter Program invitations were also sent home with students- click here to download another copy of the invitation. Students will be performing with backing tracks for the Winter Program. Students can practice with these backing tracks any time they want- they can be found in the Band Documents box at the bottom of this page.
In addition to the Winter Program music, students are continuing to learn new notes and play more complex songs on page 10 and 11 in the Sound Innovations book. Students should be using their green flashcards at home to help them memorize the notes on the staff. Students are encouraged to practice with a metronome- a link to a free online metronome can be found at the left of this page. Not sure what your child should be practicing? You can always look at the box at the bottom right of this page to see a step-by-step example of what each practice session should look and sound like.
With all of the above things to practice, band students should be practicing at home at least 15-20 minutes each day. The next practice check will be on Thursday, December 20th. This means the instrument needs to go home after band lesson days and come back to school again on the next band lesson day. Students should ask their classroom teacher where to keep their band instrument when they bring it to school- each classroom has a procedure for this that is slightly different depending on the size and shape of the classroom. Band students should also make sure to bring their book (Sound Innovations, Book 1), a pencil and their band folder every day.
Feel free to contact Mr. Cosby at any time with any questions you have about band lessons- his contact information is in the box on the left of this page.
Phone #: 402-659-2618
School #: 402-491-0859
If you have any questions, concerns or you are just curious about your child's musical experience in band lessons, feel free to contact me at any time! My contact information is just above this box...
New York Philharmonic
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11th
WOODWINDS & BRASS
FULL PRACTICE TIME TOTAL = 20-25 minutes.
FULL PERCUSSION PRACTICE TIME TOTAL = 28-32 minutes